Roscommon-Galway Fianna Fáil Senator, Eugene Murphy, has urged constituents to holiday at home this summer season in a bid to continue the containment of COVID-19 in Ireland.
The Senator said that while many people would love to embark on a sun holiday overseas it was important to remain vigilant in the ongoing battle against the pandemic.
“Considerable progress has been made in recent months to tackle this virus and we don’t want to undo all the good work now so I would urge people to keep adhering to the guidelines. The R number which is used to measure how fast the disease is spreading is now at or above one so we all need to remain vigilant to avoid a resurgence of the virus.
“Instead of travelling abroad this year, why not consider holidaying in Ireland? There are so many fantastic places to visit in our own country. The Hidden Heartlands boasts numerous tourist attractions which will appeal to all members of the family.
“Why not make a special effort to discover some of the beautiful locations in our own country by holidaying at home in 2020. You will be helping in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and also help contribute some much-needed funds in the local economy and tourism sector,” Senator Murphy remarked.
Murphy welcomes funding for Lough Ree Greenway
Meanwhile, Senator Murphy has welcomed funding from the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport to progress the Lough Ree Greenway.
“This round of funding, totalling €100,000 will be used to progress the Lough Ree Greenway.
“The finance provided to Roscommon County Council will be used for a concept and feasibility study, project execution plan, project appraisal plan and project brief for a 68km section of Greenway from Tarmonberry to Athlone.
“Families across Roscommon know how important and valuable greenways are to our area. This benefit was highlighted in full during the lockdown when many were using the greenway for exercise and to get out of their house for fresh air during those difficult times.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in government to ensure this project is progressed. Today’s funding is an important next step,” Senator Murphy enthused.